(CNN) – Caught on police body cam, officers and good Samaritans in North Carolina tried to rescue a man trapped in his truck after a head-on collision.
Officer A.C. Sawyers of the Winston-Salem Police said, “That moment, you know, complete stranger just tried to treat him like he’s my younger brother.”
Officer Elijah Boyles added, “At that point, we grabbed our fire extinguishers, and just tried to suppress the fire until we could get him out.”
The man behind the wheel, Terry McCariney, was pinned in after officers say a school bus, driven by John Lester Ijames, hit McCariney head on, causing his truck to be wedged under the bus.
Sawyers noted, “I was trying to ask him if he had any spinal injuries, to see if I could push him out that window, but he was too trapped in.”
After a few minutes, E.M.S and firefighters arrived.
Sawyers said, “Sirens never sounded so sweet when fire showed up… seen the yellow coats.”
The officers’ efforts to keep the fire down may have saved McCariney’s life. Everyday heroes behind the badge.
Sawyers concluded, “This is something we do every day and it just happened to be recognized. And officers around the nation do this kind of thing every single day.”
Terry McCariney is still recovering at a local hospital. The school bus driver is facing charges of failing to yield the right of way.